Baby, The Bren Ten is back

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

It is no secret than Vltor Weapon Systems have been working on the Fortis Pistol, a clone of the infamous Bren Ten. They have just announced that they have acquired the right to use the Bren Ten name and the Fortis Pistol will be released as the Bren Ten.

We have to apologize for the last several weeks; we have been in sort of a self-imposed blackout while we have been negotiating the agreement to use the Bren Ten name. This is something that we really wanted, in order to make the release of our pistol truly the continuation of the legacy – and something that we have been working hard to make happen.

A Bren Ten that is being auctioned at Gun Broker

The Bren Ten, most famously used on Miami Vice (the TV show, not the movie), is chambered in 10mm Auto.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Matt Groom Matt Groom on Aug 02, 2009

    Striker fired designs are often easier to manufacture and have shorter lock times (sometimes but not always) which translates into better mechanical accuracy potential. Hammer fired designs have more mass and that means more inertial forces upon impact with hard primers. The use of hard primers in military ammo was the reason why double action caught on in the first place. Boxer primers come in two sizes, small and large. The difference between pistol, magnum pistol, and rifle has to do with the thickness of the copper cup. Thicker cups can take higher pressures, but are also harder to set off. Militarys have been know to use one kind of primer for rifles and pistols when they are of the same size.

    I've fired alot of Mil-Spec 9mm NATO ammo (alot!) and one of the companies we buy some of our ammo from sent us some sample 9mm NATO that was made in the UAE which had very hard primers. I tried it in Kel-Tecs which would set it off sometimes, a Beretta M92G and a Browning High Power, which would set it of 98% of the time, and a Glock 17L, which wouldn't set them off at all. The Kel-Tecs have very light hammers (and the PF-9 has the lowest lock time of any pistol I've measured).

    I think the Springfield XD/XDM and the S&W M&P are both superior to the Glock (even though they are basically just copying Glock's formula) due entirely to the fact that they both have much better triggers. They are, however, much more complicated internally than Glocks are.

    You are right that this pistol is being built entirely for the nostalgia aspect, but I like rare and obscure firearms the most. If they can build it right, I will get one to match my Jackass shoulder holster, my Hawaiian shirt, and my Ferrari Testarossa.

  • Carl Carl on Aug 04, 2009

    Matt, thanks for the explanation. In the Glocks defense though, changing your striker spring isn't such a big deal if you want to shoot unusual ammo.
    Neither the XD or the M&P are available in 10mm as far as I know.